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Old February 14, 2019, 06:26 PM   #1
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Winchester XPR Sporter

So recently I ordered a Winchester XPR Sporter. In 300 Win Mag. Been wanting one for awhile. This thread will serve as an informational thread. As well as sort of a review thread. I know when I started looking for info. Good information and actual reviews of this model were scarce. Across several forms of media. So I figure this thread can serve as an example off one piece for those who are interested.

This is the version with a Grade one walnut stock. The stock is nothing special really. It doesn't have much figure, but the walnut is very nice and clean. With no noticeable defects in the wood. I personally am a big fan of straight grained walnut. Finish is your standard satin finish executed perfectly. The only flaw I could find was in the fitting of the recoil pad. It was good, but not really. Nothing wrong with it, but the fitting could have been better. (Not bad for a walnut gun less than $500!?)
Action fit to stock is tight and clean. And the barrel channel is even, with plenty of space for the floated barrel.

The action and barrel are matte, but it certainly doesn't look like Blue. Must be some other type of finish. Looks pretty good though.
The rifle carries a magnum Sporter weight 26 inch barrel. Recessed crown.

Bolt is super smooth. And the trigger is excellent. (No surprise there) lock up feels very solid and has no wiggle when locked into place.

These rifles (According to Winchester) ship with 2 detachable box magazines; however mine only came with 1. I am sure Winchester will send me one when I call them.

The rifle appears to be very clean already. I don't really see any of the normal Grease bath you normally see with a new gun. Over all, I am satisfied so far.

I won't have a chance to shoot it for a week or two, but I will update this thread with more information as I aquire it. I will post about the rifle's accuracy and what not. As well as any pros or cons I come up with as I shoot it more.

Overall it's a nice Walnut gun for about $500. If I had to compare the Walnut to another gun. I would probably compare it to a Remington 700 CDL. Very similar quality of wood. It's nicer than the model 700 classic rifles I have seen. Pretty nice stock for the money.

Does not come with bases like some rifles. So you will need to buy bases and rings. This is a hunting gun for me. I won't be doing a whole lot of ultra precise style shooting with it. So for Bases and rings I am using Weaver bases. And Weaver Quad lock rings. (like $40 for both). Gonna put a Vortex 4-12on it.

All together for rifle, scope, dies, rings, bases, a box of bullets and a pound of powder came to just over $800.

If anyone has any questions about these rifles feel free to ask. And I will answer to the best of my ability. I will have a better feel for the rifle after I start shooting it in a week or two. (Have to finish load work up for 3 other rifles first.)
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Old February 14, 2019, 07:36 PM   #2
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I don't need another rifle, but that one does interest me. The ones I've seen and handled look pretty good for an inexpensive rifle. I've not seen one in anything other than a synthetic stock. And like you I've not read a lot about them either way. Keep up posted, I think this one has a lot of potential.
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Old February 14, 2019, 10:58 PM   #3
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I haven't seen one with a wood stock yet.
I handled a couple with the synthetic stock. Just didn't feel/fit me right.
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